Sunday, January 29, 2012

Leftovers transformed

Repurposing: Transforming leftovers into something equally as yummy. The goal is for them to taste and look so completely different you don't realize you are having leftovers.

This is a must have skill post weight loss surgery since eating out usually results in lots of food coming home.

My world lately has been filled with words like construction, drywall, dehumidifiers, lots of check writing and sweaty workmen, Hmmm OK so not all bad ;) It's not quite over but I'm feeling like I'll be able to get back to my regularly scheduled programming soon. We've been eating on the fly in between water being turned off and on. Friday night after everyone was gone we went to the local Greek restaurant for dinner. I ordered the chicken souvlaki & gyros platter. It came with the typical choice of rice, fries or a salad. I don't do fries or rice post weight loss surgery so I opted for the salad with the dressing on the side. I ate most of the chicken and salad and brought home the gyros and a couple of pieces of chicken which made Saturday's lunch and dinner super easy.

Lunch... Portable Greek 7 Layer Salads. These were delicious. I assembled them in the early AM and then later in the day we were able to just grab one when we wanted.

Shelly's Portable Greek 7 Layer Salad

Ingredients (listed from bottom to top)
Cucumber, chopped
Tomato, chopped
a dollop of Hummus
Leftover Greek Chicken or Gyros Meat, chopped
a dollop of Shelly's Greek High Protein Dip
a couple of Kalamata and Greek Green Olives, chopped
a crumble of Feta Cheese
Optional: plastic cups and plastic wrap

Assemble the layers in regular big bowl or I made portable plastic cup versions and covered with plastic wrap to take outside and escape the noise of the workmen.

They would be great to take on a picnic or to work this way.

Shelly's Greek High Protein Dip

6 Greek Green Olives, pitted
1/2 cup Greek Yogurt (I use 2%, plain)
2-3 Tablespoons Feta Cheese, crumbled
Kosher Salt to taste
a few twists of Black Pepper

Whiz olives in a mini food processor till minced but not pureed. Mix into remaining ingredients. Great for dipping meats or veggies. Cucumber slices, yum!

If you are a major olive lover like me this is a great way to get a lot of olive taste without all the fat and calories that can add up when there is a bowl full of olives around.

Dinner... Still had some leftover Gyros Meat to use up and a Tupperware with about a 1/4 cup of leftover Creamed Spinach (Bird's Eye Steamfresh Bag)

Repurposed they became a couple of delicious tortilla pizzas like this...

Shelly's Leftover Gyros Tortilla Pizza - Mission Carb Balance Whole Wheat Fajita Size Tortilla, a dollop of leftover Creamed Spinach, Leftover Gyros meat, Red Onion, a few crumbles of Feta Cheese and Greek Seasoning. Spray baking sheet with non-stick spray (or a drop of olive oil.) Bake at 375 for 10 minutes.

More leftover transformations.

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5 comments:

Heather said...

I have to say that I Love love love that you share such wonderful information that will help people with WLS maintain and achieve. As a recent WLS patient myself I was sleeved on the 25th I can not wait to get to the food stages where I can utilize your blog. I have already purchased some of the items you are using. right now I am still trying to find a protein I like..

Nkara said...

so I was thinking you should meet with people at the food network and create a show. I think your ideas are awesome for us WLS folks and I would definitely back you up and sign a petition to get you your own show. :)

Anonymous said...

Shelly, what kind of protein powder do you use ? I started with the Unjury then I found Jay Robb and I like the taste better.

Michelle "Shelly" said...

I like a ton of different protein powders. Depends really on what I'm doing with it.... baking, drinking, freezing into ice cream. Celebrate Vitamins ENS, SEI Max, Oh yeah, Chike, Big Train, Matrix...

Michelle "Shelly" said...

Thank you Heather :)
Thank you Nkara :)